Pedro Arredondo
Ethnicity Pedro Arredondo Arguello
Occupation National guard
Born ca. 1952
Attack information
Date October 10, 1978
5:15 a.m.
Location(s) Caracas, Venezuela
Killed 22
Injured 6
Weapon(s) Arson

Pedro Arredondo Arguello (also identified as Pedro Arredondo Guedez) was a Venezuelan national guard who killed at least 22 people and wounded six others when setting fire to a nightclub in Caracas, Venezuela on October 10, 1978. According to later reports 25 people were killed in the incident.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

During the night from October 9 to October 10 Arredondo was drinking at the "Claro de Luna" nightclub, located on the ground floor of a two-storey building in the barrio Quinta Crespo, and in the early hours got into an argument with one of the female employees there. Apparently in a fit of jealousy the drunk 26-year-old threatened to burn down the establishment, then left and went to a nearby petrol station, where he purchased gasoline. At 5:15 a.m. he returned to the club, sprayed the entrance with the liquid, and set it on fire.

Only five of the patrons inside managed to escape the blaze, while ten men and twelve women perished. Only one of the victims, however, burned to death, while the others suffocated, or were crushed when they tried to escape through a blocked emergency exit. Among those killed was the club's Portuguese owner Daniel Da Silva. The fire also spread to a discotheque on the first floor of the building, but did not claim any victims there, since the guests managed to escape through a window onto the platform of a truck. Arredondo was afterwards arrested by police and confessed to the crime.[8][9][10][11][12]

The "Claro de Luna" was a major location for the 1977 film El Pez que Fuma by Román Chalbaud.


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